Thursday, August 5, 2010

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - District 10 Supervisor Forum

On Monday,  August 2nd and Tuesday, August 3rd I had the honor of attending 2010 District 10 Supervisor Candidate Forum sponsored by the Potrero Hill Democratic Club.

It was sort of like "Ground Hog's Day"- same place, same time, same people - different candidates. 

An opportunity to hear 15 candidates giving opening statements and discuss important issues including Lennar/Bayview and Jeff Adachi's Pension Reform legislation.

Monday night we heard from Malia Cohen, Kristine Enea, Nyese Joshua, Steve Moss, Eric Smith, Lynette Sweet and Stephen Weber.

Tuesday night we heard from Isaac Bowers, Chris Jackson, Espanola Jackson, Tony Kelly, DeWitt Lacy, Geoffrea Morris, Diane Wesley Smith and  Marlene Tran.

The program moved fast with the help from the  very capable moderator Keith Goldstein.  Potrero Hill Democratic Club should be thanked, including the President Joni Eisen and the Board, for putting together one of the "first glances" at the District 10 candidates.

  District 10 is at the beginning of "big changes" in the district - it was encouraging to hear from so many energetic, competent, articulate candidates for this very important election.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club -

August 5, 2010 - Thursday

John Laird for Senate - San Francisco Lunch Fundraiser
When: August 5, 2010 - Thursday
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: IBEW Local 6, 55 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for John Laird (candidate for 15th Senate District - August 17th Special Election)
Co-Hosts: Fiona Ma, David Chiu, Leland Yee, Aaron Peskin, Steve Ngo, EvanLow, Ash Kaira, Rich Gordon, Matt Haney.
Suggested Contribution $50. up.
RSVP: Noelani Sallings

No on 16 - Victory Workshop and Celebration Party
When: August 5, 2010 - Thursday
Workshop: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Party: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Merchants Exchange  Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco
What: Join together to meet one another, share your story.  Terrific buffet, volunteer hero awards and music.
Hear from some of the Campaign Leadership:
John Geesman - Campaign Co-Chair, former California Energy Commissioner, Co Chair ACORE
Mark Toney - Campaign Co Chair, Exec. Director TURN
Gale Kaufman - Kaufman Campaigns
Jim Pope - Exec. Director, NCPA
Jeff Shields - General Manager, South San Joaquin Irrigation District
Charles McGlashan - Marin County Supervisor, Chair Marin Energy Authority
Paul Fenn - President, Local Power
Renata Brillinger - Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network
Dave Room - Coordinator, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Nancy Miller - Principal Miller, Owen and Frost
Jim Metropulos - Sierra Club, California
Dennis Herrera - City Attorney, CCSF (invited)
Mark Leno - State Senator, No on 16 advocate
Matt Jacobs - Partner McDermott Will and Emery, Former Asst. US Attorney
 Ann Trowbridge -  Day Carter and Murphy
Ross Mirkarimi - Supervisor, CCSF
Cynthia Wooten - Principal, LumenX Consulting
TURN, California Municipal Utility Association, Northern California Power Authority, So. San Joaquin Irrigation District, San Francisco LAFCO, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Commonwealth Club - David Boies
When: August 5, 2010 - Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Where:  Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What:  David Boies: "Challenging Law and Making History".  David Boies discusses his controversial cases, including his current bid to overturn California's ban on gay marriage.
$20. non-members

District 3 Democratic Club -  Ballot Measures
When: August 5, 2010 - Thursday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco
What:  Ballot measure argument's.  Hear from proponents and opponents of some of the ballot measures, including pension and Muni reform, the hotel tax, the sit/lie ordinance, Close the Loophole and Why Tuesday SF.

Fundraiser Across the Bay for Jennifer Pae
When: August 5, 2010 - Thursday
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: Support community activist Jennifer Pae as she comes across the bay to help build her campaign for Oakland City Council District 2.
Event HostsDavid Chiu, Fiona Ma, Hydra Mendoza, Phil Ting, Steve Ngo, AngelicaJongco, Colbert Tse, Genevieve Jopanda, Gladys Soto, Keesa Ocampo, Keith Kamisugi, Lisa Le and Andy Wong, Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips, Wendy Ho, Zoe Dunning.
Suggested Donation Levels: $35. up
RSVP: vote@jenniferpaecom

August 6, 2010 - Friday

Public Forum - Legal Implications of Prop. 19 - Tom Ammiano
When: August 6, 2010 - Friday
3:30 p.m. check-in
4:00 to 6 p.m. - panels
Where: Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building, Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: Join Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers for a public forum on Legal Implication of Proposition 19.  "Marijuana and Federalism: California a Test Case"
Sheriff Thomas D. Allman - Mendocino County Sheriff
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Joe Elford, Chief Counsel, Americans for Safe Access
Robert Hirshon, Professor of Law, University of Michigan; former President, American Bar Association.
Allen Hopper - Legal Director, ACLU Drug Law Reform Project
Alex Kreit, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Theshia Naidoo - Staff Attorney, Office of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Roger E. Goodman - State Representative, 45th District, Washington State; Executive Director Voluntary Committee of Lawyers
Eric E. Sterling, President, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation; President, Voluntary Committee of Lawyers
Free admission and open to public.
Free. Open to public

August 7, 2010 - Saturday

Opening date of the Transbay Temporary Terminal. -

Harvey Milk Club PAC Meeting - Qualifying PAC Endorsement Meeting
When: August 7, 2010 - Saturday
Starting at noon
Where: LGBT Center, Ceremonial Room, 1800 Market Street @ Octavia, San Francisco
What:  This endorsement meeting is to vote on Ballot Measures.  One must be present and signed in for at least one hour before voting.

August 8, 2010 - Sunday

Fundraiser for Eric Smith for Supervisor District 10
When: August 8, 2010 - Sunday
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center's Lush Life Gallery, 1320 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Join Eric Smith, candidate for Supervisor in District 10,  and his friends for an afternoon of jazz, food and fun at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center's Lush Life Gallery. Some of Eric's best friends in jazz, including saxophonist Wilbur Rehmann, bassist Edo Castro  and keyboardist   Sam Peoples will be on hand to provide some memorable music for the occasion.
This will be a chance to hear Eric's platform and tell him what is important to you.
Contributions up to $500 will be accepted.  We welcome $5. and $10. contributions.

August 9, 2010 - Monday

Central City Democrats - Candidates and Neighbors
When: August 9, 2010 - Monday
6 p.m.
Where: Lot 46, 45 Maiden Lane, Upstairs, San Francisco
What: Central City Democrats is having a Meet and Greet.  Central City Democrats serves District 6 residents and merchants.  Refreshments provided.

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association
When: August 9, 2010 - Monday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: CPMC Davies Level B Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Items from agenda:
Supervisor Dufty update.
Update on Market Street development.
Transportation: MUNI Ballot Measure with Representatives from Transportation Workers Union and Supervisor Elsbernd's Office; Upper Market bike lane and parking space relocation.

Booksmith - Evolving Landscape of Local Journalism
When: August 9, 2010 - Monday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Panel discussion with the "BayCitizen" - Lisa Frazier, "SF PublicPress" - MichaelStoll and "Mission Loc@l's Lydia Chavez.

August 10, 2010 - Tuesday

San Francisco Young Democrats - District 10 Debate
When: August 10, 2010 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m. reception
6:15 p.m. debate begins
Where: Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Young Democrats will be hosting a debate for District 10 Supervisorial candidates.
Moderated by Melissa Griffin and   commentary provided by Beth Spotswood and Pollo Del Mar.

  •  Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
  • Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC)
  • Harvey Matthews Bayview Hunters Point Democratic Club

Participating candidates:

  • James Calloway
  • Malia Cohen
  • Kristine Enea
  • Chris Jackson
  • Tony Kelly
  • DeWitt Lacy
  • Eric Smith
  • Lynette Sweet
  • Steve Moss


Commonwealth Club - Joan Walsh
When: August 10, 2010  - Tuesday
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: "Women, Power and the Media": A conversation with Joan Walsh.  In conversation with Ysabel Duron.
$20. non-members

Women for Rafael Mandelman
When: August 10, 2010 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: 349 Jersey Street, San Francisco
What: Join Women for Rafael as they raise funds to elect Rafael Mandelman for Supervisor.
Co-hosted by:
Jan Adams, Michelle Aldrich, Kimberly Alvarenga, Jean Amos, Jenifer Ancona, Dee Andrews, Stephanie Ashley, Sandy Bacon, Heather Box, Teaque Briscoe, Eleanor Burke, Beth Byrne,Kate Carroll, Jennifer Clary, Alana Conner, Gwenn Craig, Denise D'Anne, Julie Davis, Aimee Durfee, Annie Eagan, Aimee Ellis,
Bonnie Feinburg, Lisa Feldstein, Sandra Fewer, Janis Foo, Conny Ford, Wynne Furth, Eleanor Gerhardt, Paula Gerhardt, Kendell Goh, Rene Golanty-Koel, Shirley Golub, Maria Guillen, Pamela Hemphill, Sue Hestor, Hershey Hirshkop, Anne Irwin, Hene Kelly,Trista Kendall, Nancy Larson, Judy Levy-Sender, Donna Linden, Bobbi Lopez, Esperanza Macias, Esther Marks, Jane Martin, Kim-Shree Maufas, Carole Migden, Giuliana Milanese, Kathrin Moore, Patty Moran , Jane Morrison, Tara O'Neill, Linnette Peralta-Haynes, Claire Pilcher, Linda Plack,Gee Gee Platt, Gail Roberts, Sarah Richmond, Alix Rosenthal, Heidi Seraf, Diane Sidd-Champion, Larissa Siegel, Gail Silverstein, Joan Simmons, Niki Solis, Maya Solo, Abigail Stewart-Kahn, Carol Stuart, Linda Tam, Molly Tirpak-Sterkel, Amy Todd-Gher, Sue Vaughan, Kay Vasilyeva, Jenny Wald, Debra Walker, Betty Yee.
Suggested Donation:$25-$500.

District 6 Safety Forum
When: August 10, 2010 - Tuesday
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: 201 Turk Street, Community Room, 201Turk Street @ Jones Street, San Francisco
What: District 6 Safety Forum on Code Enforcement and Alcohol Permits.  Meeting will discuss how the community can better deal with future code enforcement issues and alcohol permits being issued in District 6 neighborhoods.  Meeting is open to the public.
Organized by: Alliance for a Better District 6 and co-sponsored by Market Street Association, North of Market Business Association, Tenant Associations Coalition and affiliates, Tip Top Market, Tenderloin Clubhouse, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Tenderloin Neighborhood Association, and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Information: 45-820-1560

August 11, 2010 -

San Francisco Democratic Party Endorsement Meeting
When: August 11, 2010 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Local 2, 209 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What:  Items from agenda:

  • Endorsements of local propositions, supervisors races, community college board races, Bart Board race and State Proposition 19.
  • Discussion/action on reconsideration of DCCC endorsement of Superior Court, Seat 15.
  • Chair's report (Peskin)
  • Executive Director's Report (Lowe)
  • Treasurer's Report (Rosenthal)
  • Fundraising Report (Nutter)
  • Party-Building report (Quezada)

Note:  Public comment on endorsements will be held at the DCCC's endorsement interviews on Saturday, August 7th at 209 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.  Public comment on candidate races will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  There will be no public comment at the August 11 endorsement meeting.
Also Note: Because of the extended filing deadline for school board races, endorsements in the school board race will not be considered at the meeting of August 11th.

Noe Valley Democratic Club - Seventh Annual "Celebrate Summer" Fundraiser
When: August 11, 2010 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Joe's 24th Street Cafe, 3853 24th Street, San Francisco
What:  Come and mingle with local politicos in a casual Noe Valley environment.  

August 14, 2010 - Saturday

Community Congress
When: August 14, 2010 Saturday and August 15, 2010
August 14, 2010
9:00 a.m. - Registration and coffee through 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch.
August 15, 2010 -
9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.
What:  Much of time will be devoted to breakout  sessions during which the subjects of Economic Development, Health and Human Services, Housing and Muni will be discussed.
More details to follow in the Bay Guardian

Scott Wiener for Supervisor Headquarters Grand Opening
When: August 14, 2010 - Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 538 Castro Street, between 18th and 19th Street, San Francisco
What: Grand opening of Scott Wiener's Supervisor Headquarters.  There will be brief remarks at 10 a.m. including special guests State Senator Mark Leno and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd.  Then they will be hitting the streets.
RSVP Adam Taylor

Celebrate Social Security's 75th Birthday 
When: August 14, 2010 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: U.S. Federal Building Plaza, Mission Street at 7th Street, San Francisco
What:  Join the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) and the San Francisco Central Labor Council for a celebration of America's most successful social insurance program.  Cake and refreshments will be served.

37th Annual Nihomachi Street Fair
When: August 14, 2010 - Saturday
            11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
            August 15, 2010 - Sunday
            11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Japantown, Peace Plaza on Post Street between Octavia and Webster Streets
What: 37th Annual Nihomachi Street Fair.  Entertainment stages, food booths, arts and craft vendors.


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